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We’re excited to present a new idea in educational and networking opportunities for those who create fantastical art! 

Join us in beautiful Utah for this first of its kind conference bringing top talent together to share what they know. Come and learn from a series of carefully curated lectures and demos designed to help you along in your career as a creator!

PRESENTERS - Annie Stegg Gerard, Justin Gerard, Dan Dos Santos, Howard Lyon

GUEST PRESENTERS - Bryan Mark Taylor

DATES - 03/09/2020 - 03/13/2020

Monday through Thursday - 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm 
Friday 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Doors will open 30 minutes before the event start times.

LOCATIONThe Hyatt House - 544 S. Pleasant Grove Blvd, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

TUITION - $425

SKILL LEVEL - Beginning to advanced

In this intensive five-day conference, each evening will be filled with a 1-hour lecture and a 3-hour demo. You will hear from each of the 4 presenters throughout the week on different topics. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for a personalized portfolio review. Our final evening together will begin with a question and answer session with the presenters and time to network and munch on some food. 

Our guest presenters will present from 1-4 on their assigned days. Our first guest presenter will be Bryan Mark Taylor on Friday, March 13th from 1-4 pm.

The mornings will be at your leisure, but we recommend using this time to network with the other participants, work on personal projects to have critiqued, or we can help you with many opportunities in the area for both exploring beautiful Utah and our arts scene. We are also working on additional options to fill your time. 

Some of the topics to be covered will be using photography and digital tools in creating art; painting the fantasy head; composition, color, and light; using multiple media in a single piece; selling your creations; painting imaginative portraiture; creating narrative art; drawing creatures and more! 

The Hyatt House will be hosting this conference. The address is 544 S Pleasant Grove Blvd, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062. Rooms will be available for our participants at a discounted rate, we will have more information for those interested. There are also many AirBnb options in the area. We are happy to help with any travel questions you may have. 

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2020 Presenters

Annie Stegg

Annie Stegg has been painting whimsical illustrations from early childhood, through her professional career did not start until 2004 when she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art.   Her works encompass a wide variety of mediums, including both two and three-dimensional forms.  Specializing in character design and development, her goal is to create unique images that tell a story.
Her illustrations have been featured in various games and publishing clients including Ballistic Publishing,  Apple, Android, Hi-Rez Studios, Tiki Games, Addicting Games, and SPIL Games. In addition to these commissioned projects, she spends most of her time creating her own personal body of work which is inspired by folklore, mythology, and nature.   Her signature works include fanciful depictions of women and animals.  Annie strives to create images that will evoke emotion and imagination in the viewer.  She believes that in order to gain a better understanding of oneself, it is important to be open to others’ perceptions.  Art is just another way to express an emotion or ideal; a visual method of communication that depicts things that words cannot express and connects people through insight.

Most of Annie’s work is done in acrylics, but she also works in oils, color pencils, and watercolor.  She currently resides in Northern Georgia.

Justin Gerard

From the moment that Justin Gerard first learned that the crayons were meant for coloring and not for eating, he has been drawing.  
He began painting later in life after he found a Step-by-Step Graphics guide on Peter de Sève. Armed with this and inspiration from the works of Arthur Rackham and the Golden Age illustrators he began creating narrative-driven images to inspire himself and others.
Justin has a special love for the Golden Age illustrators. He has made a long and detailed study of their brains in an effort to distill their collective genius into a drink, which he might sell for millions. 
While Justin has always derived a great deal of inspiration from nature and human history, his favorite source of inspiration is story. The works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis have remained constant sources of inspiration for him throughout his career. 
Justin gave up a life of gambling, piracy and horse-thieving in 2013 to marry Annie Stegg.  

Dan Dos Santos

Well known for his colorful oil paintings, most often depicting strong women, Dan dos Santos' work spans a variety of genres, including novels, comics, film, and video games. 
He has worked for clients such as Disney, Universal Studios, Activision, Boeing Aircraft, Scholastic Books, The Greenwich Workshop, Penguin Books, Random House, UpperDeck, Hasbro, DC Comics, and many, many more.
Dan has been the recipient of many awards. He is a ‘Rhodes Family Scholarship’ winner, a five-time ‘Hugo Award’ Nominee for Best Artist, and has received both Gold and Silver Medals from ‘Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art’. His illustrations have graced the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller list numerous times and his covers are seen in bookstores in dozens of countries around the world.

Howard Lyon

Howard Lyon is an artist that was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He is the youngest of five children.  Howard had very supportive parents, who even when he was very young, made sure he had the materials and education to hone his talents. While attending high school Howard met his wife, Shari Lunt. They now have three children and reside in Utah.

Howard began his career studying illustration at Brigham Young University working with artists such as Robert Barrett, Don Seegmiller, Richard Hull and Ralph Barksdale. Over the past 20 years he has worked in the video game industry as an Art Director, concept artist and freelance illustrator.  For much of his career he has painted dragons and trolls or scenes from science fiction.  His work can be found in products from Dungeons and Dragons books, World of Warcraft cards, Magic: the Gathering and Star Wars.   He also writes for the Fantasy Art blog Muddy Colors and has recently been doing work for Brandon Sanderson's books including Mistborn, Warbreaker, The Stormlight Archive, and the covers for Dreamer and Snapshot

Guest Presenters

Bryan Mark Taylor

A painter, lecturer, inventor, and world traveler Bryan Mark Taylor is a true renaissance man. As a painter, Bryan has won numerous top awards in national and international shows including 2nd place in the 2018 ARC Salon and his work has been shown in museums across the country. He has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air, Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Imagine FX and American Artist Workshop magazines.

Bryan has had many successful one-man shows and has been featured in numerous group shows and recently won a gold medal at the California Art Club’s Gold Medal show. Bryan is represented by galleries in California, Colorado, and Utah and his work is found in private, corporate and museum collections around the world.

Bryan is a sought after teacher and lecturer has taught courses around the country including the Academy of Art University, Pixar and the Scottsdale Artists School. Bryan was a featured speaker at the 2012-2016 Plein Air Conventions and developed an online landscape and cityscape painting course for

As an inventor, Bryan has developed a premier outdoor painting system called the STRADA Easel which is used by plein air artists worldwide. Bryan has traveled around the globe carefully observing and capturing nature’s everyday miracles. Bryan was born in Portland, Oregon. He received his BA from Brigham Young University in 2001 and his MFA from the Academy of Art University in 2005. He currently lives with his wife and four children in Alpine, Utah.

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